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SAA expands its African route network

posted Jul 27, 2011, 2:03 AM by David Goodyer

SAA will launch new operations to Bujumbura (Burundi), Kigali (Rwanda) and Cotonou (Benin), from October 31 this year.

“Simultaneously adding three new destinations to our African route network will strengthen our already expansive route network. SAA aims to increase travel options for the convenience of its customers and to ensure that South Africa remains both a major destination in its own right and a key transit point for connecting long-haul international and regional African destinations,” says Theunis Potgieter, SAA general manager commercial.

Bujumbura and Kigali will be serviced thrice weekly while Cotonou will operate twice weekly as an extension of SAA’s existing Libreville (Gabon) service. The new routes will be serviced by SAA’s A319 aircraft.

In enhancing its partnership with regional carrier SA Express, SAA will withdraw from the Johannesburg Gaborone route effective August 7. SA Express also operates between Johannesburg and Gaborone and will increase its frequency with a smaller gauge aircraft. SAA will continue to serve 20 African destinations across the continent.

Other improvements SAA made to its route network earlier in the year include increased frequencies to Entebbe, Uganda from March (from six to daily flights) with the introduction of a new Tuesday service. An additional flight to Harare, Zimbabwe, operating on Tuesdays, was added, bringing the total number of frequencies to 18 per week. Larger aircraft are now also operating on certain flights to Nairobi (Kenya) and Windhoek (Namibia).